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Kuwait to reduce number of expats by 100,000 annually - Min.

By Mohammad Al-Shallal

KUWAIT, March 19 (KUNA) -- Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Thikra Al-Rashidi on Tuesday said her ministry was processing necessary measures for reducing the number of foreign workers in Kuwait by 100,000 annually.
"The strategy envisages bringing down the total number of expatriate workers to only one million in 10 years," Al-Rashidi said in a statement to KUNA.
"It's part of the Ministry's efforts to regulate the labor market, curb the phenomenon of marginal labor and restore the demographic equilibrium of the country," she explained.
The Ministry decided to stop approving invitations for foreign workers in whatever form as of April 1, 2013, while handling the already-issued invitations," Al-Rashidi disclosed.
The Ministry has joined the joint committee on online hookup of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Kuwait Municipality, she revealed.
Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been tasked with providing the legal definition of a businessman while inspectors will verify the abidance of employers nationwide by the legal regulations. (end) mls.tb.gb KUNA 192059 Mar 13NNNN